It’s a small world after all - messages from around the globe in support of Norwich girl fighting brain tumour
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From the bottom of the sea to the skyscrapers of New York City, messages of love have been pouring in for an 11-year-old girl in Norwich battling a brain tumour.
Hopes of a swift recovery for Maisie Lossau were dashed at the end of a gruelling 12 months with the news the tumour - which she nicknamed Bob the Blob - was continuing to grow. It follows surgery to remove 80pc of the tumour and eight months in hospital with radiotherapy to destroy its remnants.
With the prospect of 12 to 18 months of daily chemotherapy sessions beginning next week, the Lossau family with their Team Awesome Facebook campaign asked the world to send Maisie letters of support. And they didn't disappoint.
From South Africa to Gretna Green, and from Sydney to Dubai, well-wishers have inundated the Spixworth family with support.
The news the radiotherapy had not worked came as a 'huge blow' according to mum, Dawn. It was revealed when Maisie was admitted to Addenbrooke's last month after she stopped breathing. An MRI scan revealed radiotherapy had not worked, and Bob was back.
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'When we broke the news to her she was in pieces and she got herself quite upset,' said Mrs Lossau. 'It is more the unknown that is scary. She has already asked me, 'what if the chemo doesn't work?' We just have to hope.
After seeing a similar campaign, the Lossaus asked the Facebook world to 'make Maisie smile again'. In less than a week more than 130 messages have been sent from around the globe.
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'It is just phenomenal how the power of social media works,' added Mrs Lossau. 'Maisie is completely blown away. She said as far as she is concerned she is just a normal girl in a normal city. She is going through hell and people want to support her. She doesn't understand why these strangers would want to do this for her.
'When people see she is an amazing little girl they just want to help her and make her smile. It is certainly succeeding.
'This is a large back step, but we will come out the other side. At the moment we just don't know how she is going to react to it. It is totally unknown territory.'
To send Maisie a message, join Team Awesome on Facebook.
The history of Bob the Blob
Maisie was first taken into Addenbrooke's Hospital in February last year and underwent surgery which successfully removed 80pc of the tumour.
However, she suffered a collapsed lung and by the time she came round, had lost the use of her limbs and was suffering from breathing difficulties.
After rehabilitation, she was due to return to her Spixworth home last month, but the family were hit by another setback as she had to stay for six more weeks for radiotherapy after the tumour grew back.
Throughout the turmoil, the family have had a solid support network, and plenty of people organising fundraising events for Maisie.
An online donations page with a goal of £5,000 ended up raising £7,180 – and events were held to support the former Bignold Primary School pupil.
Maisie is expected to begin chemotherapy next Friday.